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July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
NEWS
September 18, 2002
Mayor's 'we' lacks top officials What is the function of a municipal governing body? Is it not to work together with us citizens to make decisions that would be in the best interest of the people in our community? I recently returned from vacation to find out about a letter that Haddon Township Mayor William J. Park Jr. had sent to Green Valley Tennis Club on Crystal Lake Avenue. In it, he sugested that its property be purchased by the city. "We have had the property appraised and are prepared to offer $525,000," said the letter.
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NEWS
August 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUMMER OLYMPICS From Philly streets to 3 gold medals When Matthew Centrowitz captured the gold medal in the 1,500-meter final on Saturday, he became the first American to win the "metric mile" since 1908 ("U.S. cleans up on final night," Sunday). Melvin Sheppard was the American who won that race in 1908. Mel grew up in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of South Philly. He was a street tough, known for his fighting skills, but fighting rival gangs was not his only skill.
NEWS
August 24, 2016
ISSUE | MILLENNIALS Making Philly a magnet Business columnist Joel Naroff pointed out that millennials dominate the workforce and that Philadelphia will need to woo them to keep our regional economy strong ("Selling job," Sunday). Fortunately, this is something many Philadelphians recognized even before "millennial" became part of our vocabulary. In the late 1990s, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the city Commerce Department, and area colleges and universities created Campus Philly.
NEWS
August 24, 2016
ISSUE | KATHLEEN KANE Impeachment a waste Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) is trying to grandstand on former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's political grave by proposing impeachment to permanently bar her from holding public office ("House panel ponders Kane impeachment," Saturday). Kane has already been convicted and has resigned. Jail time is a real possibility, her law license will probably be yanked, and her reputation is deservedly in tatters. The public's interest would not be served by the legislature pursuing impeachment when so many other issues go unaddressed.
NEWS
August 23, 2016
ISSUE | NORRISTOWN A bright future Montgomery County has great optimism for Norristown's future (" Norristown sees hope in project ," Wednesday). In addition to the Lafayette Street Extension Project, a number of important county and private-sector initiatives will help make Norristown's transformation possible: Strong economic development opportunities for new businesses; Working with SEPTA to expand the Norristown high-speed line to King of Prussia and increase regional rail frequency; The connection of several major regional trails in downtown Norristown; and New and proposed market-rate apartment and condo buildings throughout town.
NEWS
August 23, 2016
ISSUE | JOHN F. TIMONEY Timoney honorable, tough, and fair John Timoney gets laid to rest Tuesday. People wondered why I lobbied John Street so hard to retain Timoney as police commissioner. Just before Street's first debate with Sam Katz in the 1999 mayoral race, I had a detailed conversation with Street about the value of keeping Timoney on. And he did after he was elected. Also around that time, I ran a civic association. Timoney felt a synergy with our Pennsport community and twice showed up at our civic meetings to discuss quality-of-life issues.
NEWS
August 23, 2016
ISSUE | FLOSSING It's good for you The cause of gum disease and dental decay is bacterial plaque. There are reams of research backing up that fact. So far, the most effective and efficient method of removing that plaque from between the teeth is dental floss (" Gum rap for flossing ," Aug. 15). The editorial implied that dentists are profiting from the sale of floss. It is laughable that dentists would try to get their patients to prevent disease and profit by the sale of floss.
NEWS
August 23, 2016
ISSUE | AIR POLLUTION Dangers of natural-gas emissions The recent study linking excess air pollution in Philadelphia to 126 deaths and 284 hospitalizations should be a wake-up call to our policymakers about the human toll of failing to enact strong environmental protections (" Study: Phila.'s bad air tied to 126 early deaths ," Aug. 11). As a physician, I'm not surprised. The health hazards of ground-level ozone have been well-documented for some time. But we cannot fully address ozone without stopping air pollution from natural-gas infrastructure - something the Environmental Protection Agency is working to address.
NEWS
August 22, 2016
ISSUE | ETHICS D.A.'s office disgraced It is important that Seth Williams resigns as Philadelphia district attorney ("Williams belatedly reports receiving $160,050 in gifts," Tuesday). He has dishonored and disgraced the office. |Anthony Johnson, Philadelphia, johnsonanthony99@hotmail.com Is District Attorney Seth Williams a hypocrite who talks about ethics while using his office to feather his own nest, or simply a glutton who lives beyond the means of a mere public servant ("DA guilty of hypocrisy," Thursday)
NEWS
August 22, 2016
ISSUE | CITY COUNCIL Unfair look at land sales During my time as councilperson representing the Second District, I have supported the transfer of at least 244 properties to a diverse group of 70 individuals, nonprofits, and development companies for affordable, market-rate housing projects. I provided that data to the Inquirer, but the article, "No-bid bargains" (Aug. 7) focused on only about two dozen of those properties. The implication that campaign contributions influence my decision to support a project is not true.
NEWS
August 22, 2016
ISSUE | JEWELERS ROW Mayor should preserve Philly's gem Mayor Kenney and his administration must save Jewelers Row - a city treasure - instead of Philadelphia losing jobs because of misplaced development ("Uncertainty on Jewelers Row," Aug. 13). This historic street and tourist attraction should not be destroyed bit by bit starting with a 16-story luxury condo tower. How many cities wish they had the oldest diamond district in America? There are parking lots ripe for development; why allow this Trojan Horse of a project to dull our gem?
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